Human Relations Study Set 2

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Quiz 12 :

Motivating Others and Developing Teamwork

Quiz 12 :

Motivating Others and Developing Teamwork

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Assume that your employer sent you to an offsite team-building exercise that you feared doing, such as climbing a wall. How would you deal with the situation?
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Handling a situation:
When an employer decides to allocate time and money to offsite team building activities, then it is evident how important to them effective teamwork is. Teamwork refers to work done with an understanding and commitment to group goals.
As a team member and employee this assignment may seem like a waste of time and a real chore.
The following can be done to handle the situation:
• First, attend the exercise session and give it a genuine effort.
• Second, if it seems like a waste of resources, prepare a list of its shortcomings.
• Third, present that list to a manager privately.
• Fourth, offer a more productive team-building alternative.
• Fifth, be prepared to have them continue to stress this exercise and do not make too much of an effort arguing against it.

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What role, or roles, is Ruth occupying on the costreduction team?
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Bartz is no newbie when it comes to the responsibilities of a CEO. She knows that to have a successful company, she needs a successful group of employees. IN her preliminary statement she mentions that changes are due, but that the company has a lot of things going for it (name recognition, good cash flow, strong technology, and great workers).
By listing its plus points and later including her first step as CEO to be getting to know her employees, Bartz does a great job in showcasing the importance she gives her employees-a great teambuilding tactic.

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Give an example of one or two group norms that a team of firefighters might have.
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Group norms:
Group norms stem from three sources. They are:
1. The group itself establishes limits for its members.
2. Larger organizations and codes of professional conduct may also set norms.
3. Influential members within the group may inspire the group to elevate its performance or behavior.
Relating the sources to a classroom setting, the following norms are apparent:
1. The professor sets the limits by basis of a syllabus and rubric.
2. The university code of conduct dictates acceptable and encouraged behavior.
3. The more charismatic students impact the effectiveness of lectures and study sessions.

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What type of recognition on the job would be motivational for you? How do you know?
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How effective does Ruth appear to be in her role?
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Give an explanation from motivation theory as to why do so many people from the film industry who are already well-off financially still want to win an Academy Award.
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What other approach to employee motivation might work for reducing turnover and providing better customer service?
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How effective does Jack appear to be in his role?
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In what way does job enrichment appeal to the pride some people have in their work?
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How effective do you think the rewards of a weekly car wash and a meal at McDonald's will be in motivating the car wash attendants to stay on the job and treat customers better?
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What role, or roles, is Jack occupying on the costreduction team?
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What objection might some employees have to being empowered?
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Identify several of the characteristics of an effective work group that one of your favorite athletic team possesses. Justify your reasoning the best you can
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To what extent do you think it might be hopeless to motivate car wash attendants to stay on the job longer and provide better customer service
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Reflect on any group you currently belong to or were a member of in the past. Describe how the group went through the stages of group development.
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How could diagnosing the motivational wishes and needs of employees save a company a lot of money when launching motivational programs?
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Assume that Jennifer from the tech support center gets rid of a nasty virus in your desktop computer. What is likely to be an effective statement of praise for her?
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